What a great trade for Cuellar and Astros series review

There some signs to his upcoming stardom. Like the year we won the World Series in 1966. Off in Houston was a Cuban left-hander named Mike Cuellar. He won just 12 games for the Astros but his ERA was a sparkling 2.22. On June 25, the Astros were in the Astrodome and the Cardinals were in town. The great Lou Brock struck out 3 times that night. Cuellar struck out 15 that evening and went home with a 3-2 win. Read more about What a great trade for Cuellar and Astros series review

Orioles select the contract of Santana and place him on the DL

The Baltimore Orioles have selected the contract of Johan Santana and have played him on the 15-day DL.  The Orioles had until midnight tonight to decide what to do with Santana.  Santana had an opt out clause in his contract that the Orioles were worried about. 

Santana has progressed greatly in his rehab and the Orioles will likely need his to be a starter.  Santana’s experience will likely add to the Orioles. 

Here is the Orioles press release. 
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Orioles Minor Leaguer of the Week: Adrian Marin

Frederick Keys shortstop Adrian Marin enjoyed a very successful week with the single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The 20-year-old went 9 for 21 (.429) with 1 run, 7 doubles, 1 HR, and 11 RBIs.

Marin, a former third round pick in 2012, was considered as the Orioles #10 ranked prospect after the 2012 season by Baseball America, and the #12 ranked Orioles prospect following the 2013 season. The Miami native was also chosen by Baseball America as the organization’s top minor league defensive infielder prior to the 2013 season.
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Cruz hits number 20 and keeps carrying the Orioles

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The Baltimore Orioles may have made their best one-year signing in franchise history when they signed Nelson Cruz.  Cruz has carried the Orioles offense all season and now has 20 home runs and it is not even June yet. 

Cruz also has 52 RBI’s and a great .315 batting average.  Cruz has been solid in the outfield when asked to play there and has stayed healthy. 
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Orioles lineup versus the Astros game two

The Baltimore Orioles play the Houston Astros in the second game of the two game series.  The Orioles lost last night and have a three game losing streak.   The Orioles really need to get on a roll and the starting pitching needs to come through.   Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well last night but it was the offense that only scored one run. 

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